Monde was a Xhosa boy of 6 years in the Transkei, who was called by animal spirits to become a sangoma before he had started school. His mother was against this, but was overuled when other older sangomas witnessed the boys’ clear power and abilities, which had no other explanation than a mystic one. He fully passed his initiations by age 7 and is also going to become a doctor. He received a new spiritual name, GOBELA, and the ritual finery of his position.
November 8, 2014